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Embrace me

Presentation

11:20am - 12:10pm BST [UTC +00:00]

Conference Room 3

Parents, carers and practitioners working with, or supporting, children or adolescents who have experienced care or relational/developmental trauma, might agree that they may often have a fragile sense of self and a poorer sense of ‘belonging’, struggling to see how they ‘fit in’ in social or family situations. Many young people who have had difficult early experiences may also have (sometimes unspoken) uncertainties about their identity, which may include questions about gender identity. It can be hard to know how to react and what to do to best support a child or adolescent in these circumstances. 

Developing a strong sense of identity can be particularly difficult for care experienced children, and especially for teenagers or adolescents who’s rapidly developing brains are also naturally seeking peer approval at this time. Nevertheless, practitioners’ parents, carers and other support network, do need age and developmental stage appropriate guidance that is suitable and sufficiently sensitive, to allow these children and adolescents to feel supported to develop in their own way. 

This talk will aim to highlight professional practice updates and offer some practical ideas on supporting children, adolescents, and their families in using DDP ideas, while having regard to the intersectional nature of their emerging identities.